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    NORTH KOREA DENIES HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM PRODUCTION; CONFIRMS HAVING NUCLEAR CONTAINMENT FORCES

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    BEIJING, February 25 (RIA Novosti) - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea denies the existence of its program of highly enriched uranium production, on the curtailment of which the USA insists.

    Diplomatic sources in Beijing have told RIA Novosti that Kim Kye-gwan, North Korea's chief negotiator at the six-sided talks on resolving the crisis involving the North Korean nuclear weapons program, denied the existence of such a program this Wednesday.

    At the same time, Kim Kye-gwan confirmed that North Korea had its own nuclear containment forces but declined to specify. He also stressed that Pyongyang did not want to have such forces eternally.

    As Pyongyang says, these forces are a forced measure caused by the fears of an aggression from the USA.

    In this connection, the North Korean chief negotiator confirmed the proposal by North Korea to freeze its nuclear program in return for US simultaneous compensatory measures.

    At the same time, US envoy James Kelly said at the opening of the six-sided talks that Washington was seeking complete, irreversible and verifiable dismantle of the North Korean nuclear weapons program, including the uranium-based program.

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